Think about that: “What really bothered me is the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion.” Heaven forfend! How much better to treat liberal arts colleges as factories dedicated to enforcing ideological conformity on all contentious issues. It would be funny if it were not so pathetic.
There is a bright side to almost everything, however, and Ching’s fatuous comment reminds us that the institution of higher education in this country is not only in trouble, its is disintegrating before our eyes. The commentator Glenn Reynolds has written often about the senescence of the institution of education, lower as well as higher. He is fond of quoting the economist Herb Stein: “What cannot go on forever, won’t.” The moronic self-centeredness exhibited by students like Erin Ching cannot go on forever. I doubt that they can survive more than a few seasons more. Therefore, it won’t.